DetailsA golden honey ale with a creamy white head and a full mouthfeel. The flavor profile is complex with orange and fruit and a hint of honey. Caution is advised when consuming this beer. It is has compelled at least one person to run down the middle of the street stark naked wearing only a lampshade on their head!
Our ingredients for this recipe include: 5 lb. Pilsen DME, 2 lb. Wheat DME, 1 lb. Minnesota clover honey, 1 lb. Clear candi sugar, 8 oz. Caravienne, 8 oz. Carapils® specialty grains, 2 oz. Liberty, 1/2 oz. Styrian Goldings pellet hops, 1 oz. bitter orange peel, 1 oz. coriander, grain bag, priming sugar, and yeast.
- Details & Instructions
4.4 / 5.016 ReviewsA Great beer - with additionsI have been buying this kit for years. It has always amazed people that taste it as to it's wonderful flavor and complexity. Lately (over the last four times) I have taken to scrapping the 1 lb honey in the kit (saved for another recipe), and replacing with 2 lbs of either Clover or Orange Blossom honey. Both add different complexities and flavors to an otherwise excellent product.May 29, 2012Sweet Nectar of the Gods!I'm a beginner brewer but a veteran of many fine Belgian ales. While my equipment, techniques and knowledge certainly limit how close I can imitate the real thing, this was a great beer. I used wlp-500 from a one gallon starter. Fermentation was VIGOROUS. I recommend a blow-off tube or a big fermenter. I started the fermentation at 65 and gradually raised it over the first week to 73. I kept it at 65 for a month in the secondary then kegged it. _x000D__x000D_My mom and sister in law loved it and are asking for more for Thanksgiving. They were buzzing so much and laughing, I have to say that this beer revolutionized my visits to the in-laws. _x000D__x000D_November 19, 2009Good Beer ... If you wait for it to matureIt is way too sweet to drink for the first 6 months after brewing, but after that it mellows out and is fantasticAugust 3, 2010Add another pound of honeyI love Trappist ales and this is one of my favorite Midwest kits. I currently have a batch in the secondary and this time I went from dry yeast to the white labs yeast and added an extra pound of clover honey. It is hard keeping a great beer in the secondary that long but it is worth the wait.February 16, 2014Just as good as the canals in BruggesFirst comment to those complaining of "not enough yeast" / "buy two smack packs": Step up to the big leagues and make a starter yeast._x000D__x000D_Fantastic beer all around for those who enjoy Belgians. As expected, sweet honey flavor (think Leffe), followed by a complex mild spice and pleasant, warming finish (like Duvell)._x000D__x000D_This was my first Belgian, and based on tips, held in secondary for 6 months. Otherwise, followed instructions to a tee. The beer was ready to drink after two weeks in the bottles, but matured about a month out - after that, I didn't have any left to compare - waxing the tops of some 22oz bombers, they made great Christmas presents and host gifts._x000D__x000D_Even a family member who I'd call a "hop head," said, "You know, I usually don't like "sweet" beers, but this is just nice (he had 3 22oz'ers all-in)._x000D__x000D_BOTTOM LINE: Do your homework, make a starter yeast, and be patient - You will be rewarded with a memorable brew.January 15, 2012wait 6 months then it is gone.Belgian style ales are probably one of my favorite beer groups and this is one of my favorite Midwest kits. I currently have a batch in the secondary and this time i swapped from wyeast to white labs yeast and added an extra pound of wildflower honey. It is hard keeping a great beer in the secondary that long but it is worth the wait.February 26, 2013belgian honeyVery good beer kit. Beer was sweet in the end...which I like. Great head retention too!August 2, 2013belgian honey aleI love this beer! One of the better tasting kits I have ordered. Shipping was fast too!October 9, 2013Very good and get's you where you want to goSo I had every intention of waiting the recommended 6-9 months for this one to mature, especially after reading the reviews about it being "too sweet." I even bought the ingredients for a Ferocious IPA so that I wouldn't be tempted. That didn't work...when I checked the gravity after 2 weeks in the primary I found it was already nicely fermented out. It even tasted really good non-carbonated. I let it sit in the secondary for another 6 weeks and then kegged for a birthday party. That was last Saturday...today is Friday and my keg in nearly empty. Everyone that tried it, loved it and this included seasoned beer drinkers and casual beer drinkers alike. It is strong stuff, ended up with 8.8% EtOH by volume. I used the Wyeast's Belgian Ale #1214.November 29, 2013
- Customer Q&A
Browse 3 questions Browse 3 questions and 13 answersThe instructions for this kit recommend racking to a secondary fermentation. Something that they don't specify is if, during the racking, you are supposed to move the orange peel and coriander to the secondary as well? Any insight is appreciated.BEST ANSWER: No, I'd leave all that behind with the sediment that has formed in the primary fermenter.Can you do secondary fermentation without reracking to a carboy? I.e. can I just leave it in the primary fermenter for 12-14 more weeks?BEST ANSWER: Yes. I did exactly that on the Belgian Honey and it was perfect. I am not a big fan of re-racking because it may expose my beer to additional contamination from air borne wild yeast. Even when I add items for the secondary (bourbon soaked oak chips, chocolate, cherries) I leave in the original car boy.The recipe calls for a half ounce of orange peel and coriander, but they give you an ounce each. Why?BEST ANSWER: I would think that it is packaged in 1oz packets. I've rec'd several kits that may have a little extra. It gives u an opportunity to save and experiment in other brew or, as in my case, I like an additional orange peel flavor. You can add other ingredients to ur kits to add additional flavors. I've even added bourbon and vodka while bottling.